The Right Hemisphere and Disorders of Cognition and Communication: Theory and Clinical Practice provides a comprehensive review of right hemisphere cognitive and communication functions for practicing clinicians and graduate students. It also serves to broaden the understanding of right hemisphere disorders (RHD) within the field of speech-language pathology (SLP). The more clinicians and students understand, the more they’ll be able to convey the need for SLP services for patients and clients with RHD, and the more they’ll be able to provide effective services.
Strokes on the right side of the brain occur nearly as often as those on the left and cognitive-communication disorders due to right hemisphere brain damage occur nearly as often as aphasia. Such strokes often disrupt communication. The deficits are varied and can include impaired pragmatics, verbal communication, and difficulties with comprehension, as well as deficits in attention and executive function.
This text covers normal right hemisphere processes as well as the communication disorders and deficits apparent after RHD. Evidence based practice is comprehensively presented along with suggestions for developing treatment in the absence of evidence. Speech-language pathologists working with clients with neurogenic communication disorders will find current best practices for assessment and treatment.
Chapter 1. The Right Hemisphere
Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Clinical Practice
Chapter 3. Pragmatic Aspects of Communication
Chapter 4. Language Comprehension
Chapter 5. Prosody
Chapter 6. Attention
Chapter 7. Unilateral Neglect
Chapter 8. Executive Functions
Chapter 9. Awareness
Chapter 10. Memory
Appendix. Psychometrics for Select Assessments
About The Author
Margaret Lehman Blake, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston. She earned her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Her research focuses on cognitive-communication disorders associated with right hemisphere brain damage (RHD) and spans basic processes, assessment and treatment. She has authored numerous articles and chapters and has presented nationally and internationally on evidence-based practice for disorders associated with RHD. Dr. Blake teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including anatomy/physiology and neuroscience for communication, cognitive-communication disorders, and how to be a critical consumer of research. She is a recipient of the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Blake is a past president of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences (ANCDS) and has served in various supporting roles in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Clinical Aphasiology Conference.